Friday, July 20, 2012

Adversaries

 14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
 15Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
 16Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
 17As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
 18As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
 19Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
 20Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul. 

Adversaries

Adversaries! Everyone has them, but the question is, how is the Christian to view his adversaries? If you will remember, we left Psalm 109 in yesterday's devotion with David calling curses from God down upon his enemies. In the portion of Psalm 109 that we are looking at today, we see David continuing to curse his enemies, but he begins to offer an explanation.
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy . . . As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing.
In reading these verses today, I thought about adversaries we have in our day. How do we treat our adversaries? David rightly understood that it is God to Whom we must turn. We cannot enact vengeance upon them ourselves, neither should we speak against them to others.

Have you ever considered that your adversaries were sent to you specifically by the Lord? Nothing in our lives happens by chance; everything in the lives of Christians is ordered by the Lord. That does not mean that He causes bad things to happen to His children, but it means that He does not always prevent bad things from happening to them.

Why? Why does God not prevent the bad things? He certainly could. We cannot begin to understand the heart of God, but we do know that He allows things to come our way so that we will learn to love Him more and the world less. We also know that God will not send more than we can bare, but will send His grace to help us in our times of need.
13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, King James Version)
What a great and loving God we serve; there is not a thing that happens to us in this world that is not tempered by the loving hand of God. Even when we do not remember to call upon Him, He is there gently prodding and guiding us in the way we should go. 

Thousands of years after David penned the words to Psalm 109, we realize that man is just the same today as he was then. There will always be adversaries; there will always be those who fight against God and His children. However, there will always be a remnant of those faithful to God as well.

We are not alone in life's venture; we are walking the same paths that millions have walked before us. Let us then ask the Lord this day to keep us on the straight and narrow path, and not to become overly concerned or discouraged because of our adversaries. Let us commit them to God, and trust that He will deal with them righteously.

God Bless You,
Linda
 

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